Birthday (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Eighteen years after I Wish I Had a Wife, acclaimed actors Jeon Do Yeon and Sol Kyung Gu reunite onscreen for the immensely moving film Birthday, which follows the aftermath of the Sewol Ferry disaster from the perspective of the victims' families. Directed by Lee Jong Un (Friends: Hidden Sorrow), Birthday also co-stars child actress Kim Bo Min (Miss Baek), Yoon Chan Young (Mothers), Lee Bong Ryun (Dark Figure of Crime), Kwon So Hyun (My Last Love) and Kim Min Jae (Love+Sling) in a cameo appearance.
On April 16, 2014, a tragedy ruthlessly ripped the Jeong family apart. Jung Il (Sol Kyung Gu) and Soon Nam (Jeon Do Yeon) lost their son Su Ho (Yoon Chan Young) to the Sewol Ferry sinking accident. A few years on, Jung Il, who was abroad during the accident, finally returns to Korea and tries to repair relations with his still grieving wife and daughter. As Su Ho's birthday approaches, the family struggles to face the pain of loss and their memories of him.
|Product Title:||Birthday (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 沒有你的生日 (2019) (DVD) (台灣版) 没有你的生日 (2019) (DVD) (台湾版) Birthday (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 생일잔치|
|Also known as:||沒有你的生日會 / 生日宴會/ 禮物 没有你的生日会 / 生日宴会/ 礼物|
|Artist Name(s):||Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Yoon Chan Young (Actor) | Sung Yu Bin (Actor) | Kim Soo Jin (Actor) | Kwon So Hyun (4Minute) (Actor) | Park Jong Hwan (Actor) | Kim Bo Minb (Actor) | Lee Bong-ryeon (Actor) | Tang Joon Sang (Actor) | Shin Mun Sung (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | 薛景求 (Actor) | 尹燦英 (Actor) | Sung Yu Bin (Actor) | Kim Soo Jin (Actor) | 昭賢 (4Minute) (Actor) | Park Jong Hwan (Actor) | 金寶敏 (Actor) | 李鳳蓮 (Actor) | 湯峻相 (Actor) | 申文成 (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | 薛景求 (Actor) | 尹灿英 (Actor) | Sung Yu Bin (Actor) | Kim Soo Jin (Actor) | 昭贤 (4Minute) (Actor) | Park Jong Hwan (Actor) | 金宝敏 (Actor) | 李凤莲 (Actor) | 汤峻相 (Actor) | 申文成 (Actor) チョン・ドヨン (Actor) | ソル・ギョング (Actor) | Yoon Chan Young (Actor) | ソン・ユビン (Actor) | Kim Soo Jin (Actor) | Kwon So Hyun (4Minute) (Actor) | Park Jong Hwan (Actor) | Kim Bo Minb (Actor) | Lee Bong-ryeon (Actor) | Tang Joon Sang (Actor) | Shin Mun Sung (Actor) 전 도연 (Actor) | 설 경구 (Actor) | 윤찬영 (Actor) | 성유빈 (Actor) | 김수진 (Actor) | 권소현 (Actor) | 박종환 (Actor) | 김보민 (Actor) | 이봉련 (Actor) | 탕준상 (Actor) | 신문성 (Actor)|
|Director:||Lee Jong Un 李鐘言 李钟言 Lee Jong Un 이종언|
|Writer:||Lee Jong Un 李鐘言 李钟言 Lee Jong Un 이종언|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1076760219|
正日（薛耿求 飾）與順南（全道嬿 飾）是對平凡的父母，養育著兩個可愛孩子。直到那一日狠狠粉碎了他們的幸福與平靜，他們的兒子守護（尹燦榮 飾）死於一場意外事故。日復一日的悲傷，越來越深的思念。在沒有守護的守護生日，家人和朋友相聚一刻，送給彼此最珍視的重要回憶。
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In 2014, the MV Sewol sank during a voyage from Incheon to Jeju. The ferry disaster left 304 people dead, including 250 students from the same high school, and set off widespread public condemnation of the ferry operator, regulators and president Park Geun Hye.
However, Birthday is not a film about the accident itself or the pursuit for accountability. In fact, it didn't even necessarily have to be about the Sewol disaster. Like Robert Redford's Ordinary People and Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, Birthday is equally effective as an intimate story about the lingering psychological scars that remain in one family long after the trauma.
Five years have passed since Soon Nam (Jeon Do Yeon) lost her teenage son, Su Ho, in the Sewol disaster. She carries on with her daily life, working and caring for her young daughter. Soon Nam keeps her memories of Su Ho always within reach, but she appears to have moved on from her grief in her own way.
That façade of peace is upended when her estranged husband, Jung Il (Sol Kyung Gu), returns to Korea and tries to enter his family's life again. Jung Il was working in Vietnam when the Sewol sank (the real reason for his absence is revealed later on), which means he's starting the true mourning process five years late. Jung Il's search for his own catharsis, which he believes can be achieved by properly memorializing Su Ho on his birthday, pushes Soon Nam over the edge once more.
Writer-director Lee Jong Un worked for director Lee Chang Dong on Secret Sunshine and Poetry before making her directorial debut with Birthday, and his influence is apparent in the film's humanized and quietly devastating depiction of grief (Lee is a producer on this film as well). Drawing from her observations as a volunteer at an organization for bereaved families of Sewol victims, Lee earns her character's tears with small moments that serve as sad reminders of the family's loss, from an awkward pause of realization during a memorial picnic for bereaved families to Jung Il finding his late son's blank passport.
While lesser filmmakers would focus on wringing emotional outbursts from their actors, Lee examines the psychology of her characters during their search for catharsis with great depth and complexity. Lee doesn't include a single flashback in the film, making the audience share the feeling of Su Ho's physical absence with her characters. The extended half-hour finale will hit viewers like a ton of bricks, but it's not because everyone in the scene is crying their eyes out; it's because we, too, can feel the tragedy of his loss as we finally see glimpses of his life through photos and memories.
Yet, the finale is also one that carries hope. Lee's story is not about clinging to loss, but rather finding a way to move on by facing the loss head-on. The film will likely leave anyone with a beating heart in tears by its conclusion, though they will not be tears of pity but rather tears of psychological release. Birthday is cinema as collective trauma therapy for a society that has long been reluctant to deal with mental health issues. For that reason alone, it's one of the most important films of the year.
by Kevin Ma